Protest FIA and GANA's invitations to Narendra Modi and Ashok Bhatt
at Friends of South Asia are alarmed at reports that FIA (Federation of
Indian Associations) and GANA (Gujarati Associations of North America)
have extended invitations to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and
Gujarat's Health Minister Ashok Bhatt, to attend the GANA convention on
July 7-9, 2006.
Narendra Modi and Ashok Bhatt are widely regarded as the chief architects of the carnage in Gujarat in 2002, in
which more than 2000 Muslims lost
their lives and 200,000 more fled their homes. We are appalled that
organizations such as FIA and GANA, which are supposed to represent the
collective interests of Indians and Indian Americans in the US, would
choose to invite Mr. Modi and Mr. Bhatt, thus implicitly endorsing and
promoting their agenda of sectarian hatred and violence.
Please join us and an array of other organizations and individuals who
believe in a secular, democratic and pluralistic South Asia, in
registering your protest at these invitations.
ENDORSE THE OPEN LETTER TO FIA and GANA
View organizational and individual endorsements here.
A host of organizations and individuals have written
and endorsed this letter to FIA and GANA, the organizers of the event
for which Narendra Modi and Ashok Bhatt have been invited. Read the letter here.
We are calling on organizational endorsements as well as individual signatures.
For organizational endorsements:
Please send in the full name of the organization, city,state and also
the webpage of the group (or a one-line description of the group).
For individual signatures: Please send in first and last name, city, state (and any relevant affiliation)
Email your endorsements ASAP to mail[at]friendsofsouthasia.org
Jul 7, 2006. South Asian Organizations Decry Invitations to Narendra Modi, Ashok Bhatt. Press Release
by Friends of South Asia (FOSA)